The Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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Pedestrian accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but there are some common causes that tend to be more prevalent. Here are five of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:

  1. Distracted walking: With the proliferation of smartphones and other distractions, it’s not uncommon for pedestrians to be distracted by their phones or other devices while walking. This can lead to them not paying attention to their surroundings, which can result in accidents.
  2. Vehicle distractions: Drivers who are distracted by their phones or other devices are more likely to cause accidents, including accidents involving pedestrians. Distracted driving is a major cause of pedestrian accidents.
  3. Poor visibility: Pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur in low-light conditions, such as at night or in inclement weather. Drivers may have difficulty seeing pedestrians in these situations, which can lead to accidents.
  4. Alcohol: Both pedestrian accidents and vehicle accidents are more likely to occur when alcohol is involved. Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time, which can lead to accidents.
  5. Infrastructure: Poorly designed or maintained sidewalks, crosswalks, and other infrastructure can contribute to pedestrian accidents. For example, a sidewalk with a broken or uneven surface can cause a pedestrian to trip and fall, leading to an accident.

Overall, pedestrian accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, but by being aware of these common causes and taking steps to prevent them, we can all work towards making our streets safer for everyone.

If you are injured in a pedestrian and or bicycle  accident in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hickory, North Carolina, Rock Hill, South Carolina, or Fort Mill, South Carolina, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you to understand your rights and options, and can represent you in court to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. Call us 24/7 at (866) BURTS-LAW.